Are you the new Head of Scholars’ Lab?

We are thrilled to announce an exciting job opportunity on the leadership team here in the Department of Digital Research & Scholarship. Read on for more details!

Head of Scholars’ Lab
Are you an experienced digital humanities scholar-practitioner with a strong background in project management and public service? The University of Virginia Library seeks an energetic, adaptable leader for the digital consultation services and intellectual programming of our internationally-respected Scholars’ Lab. The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, eager to work collaboratively with diverse faculty and staff, and able to muster and effectively communicate UVa Library’s deep resources for digital scholarship. This supervisory position is responsible for day-to-day operations in the Scholars’ Lab and, together with the heads of Graduate Programs and Research & Development, completes the leadership team reporting to the director of Digital Research and Scholarship for UVa Library.

The Head of the Scholars’ Lab should have a strong service ethic, broad technical knowledge, and ability to collaborate as a true partner with faculty and graduate students, enabling next-generation digital scholarship in a library lab setting. He or she should also be able to take good advantage of the “20% time” afforded to all in the Department of Digital Research & Scholarship to pursue professional development and their own (often collaborative) research projects related to the mission of the Scholars’ Lab. This is a full-time, permanent managerial and professional staff position at UVa.

Primary Responsibilities:
Community-building and Leadership: strategic leadership of digital humanities services, oversight of day-to-day operations, design of intellectual programming and instruction, and collaboration with local and national/international peers; Project-based Collaborations: coordinates development of high-level goals, intake processes, workplans, and MoUs for digital project collaborations, in consultation with departmental, Library, and University partners; Research and Professional Development: pursuit of own scholarly R&D agenda related to the humanities or social sciences with publication of results and/or presentation at appropriate venues.

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:
Strong knowledge of digital humanities history, technologies, and intellectual directions. Strong public service orientation and interest in guiding scholarly projects from conceptualization to implementation and audience-building. Excellent communication skills, including the ability to present complex technical information to non-specialists and a clear understanding of the perspectives and needs of scholars. Previous experience in public service in an academic library setting preferred.

Graduate study (PhD preferred) in a field related to humanities scholarship or humanistic aspects of social or information science.

5+ years’ experience with project management and/or hands-on development of digital projects related to digital humanities or cultural heritage. Supervisory experience preferred.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary is commensurate with experience, and expected to range between approximately $60 and $85k per annum. Excellent benefits, TIAA/CREF and other retirement plans along with generous funding for travel and professional development.

To Apply:
Review of applications to begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Apply through the University of Virginia online employment website. (If you need to search the Jobs@UVa portal, the posting number is 0612479.) Complete application, and attach cover letter and CV, with contact information for three current, professional references.

The Scholars’ Lab is also seeking a Head of Graduate Programs. Learn more here. Don’t miss a chance to work with our wonderful students and incredible Scholars’ Lab team!

Katina was formerly the Scholarly Communication Institute's Senior Research Specialist. She worked to share outcomes from conversations SCI convened on emerging models for authoring and publication and on graduate education reform. She also surveyed humanities-trained respondents who self-identified as working in alternative academic careers, and played a role in the expansion of the Praxis Program…


  1. is the Sholars’ Lab position still available? Thanks!

    • Hello, yes, the search is ongoing until the position is filled. The links in the post will take you to the job posting if you’d like additional details.

  2. Or, to be more clear — it’s a re-imagining of past versions of that position to have a much broader scope and impact in the University community. This Head of Scholars’ Lab, the new Head of Graduate Programs, and Wayne (as Head of R&D) will constitute the leadership team for Digital Research and Scholarship, reporting to me in the Library. — Bethany

  3. Hi Ethan,

    No, this is the position formally held by Eric Johnson (Joe during your tenure).


  4. Is this Wayne’s job?


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